PIT TAGS (10) $70
A Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag is a small device implanted just under the skin of iguanas in research areas. Tags are read using a handheld device that displays each tags unique code. Because these tags do not require batteries, they can serve as a means of identifying animals throughout their lifespan. Researchers in the field use PIT tags to monitor animals that have been captured during previous surveys or released from head start programs. This allows them to keep track of an animal’s movement, growth, and progress over a long time period.
BioMark Pocket Scanner/PIT tag reader $450
A handheld scanner that reads the individual codes on PIT tags that identify study animals.
GPS Units $400
GPS units are handheld devices that allow researchers to mark geographic locations important to their studies. In iguana research, they are often used to mark the location of nests or burrows so that research teams may go back to the site on future surveys.
Camera Traps $250
Camera traps are a versatile research tool that allow field teams to not only study iguanas, but also gather comprehensive data on all animals species within the ecosystem. These cameras have a heat triggered sensor that, when activated, will capture still images of animals. They are a vital conservation tool, particularly when studying shy or cryptic species, as they do not affect the animals’ normal behavior patterns as the presence of humans often does. These camera traps are being used in multiple studies in a variety of different ways. In studies of the Jamaican iguana, camera traps are being used for both daytime and night surveys to get a comprehensive look at the faunal diversity and abundance, as well as to observe predators of iguanas. In the Ricord’s iguana, camera traps are helping to look at predation as well as nesting ecology of both Ricord’s iguanas and Rhinoceros iguanas. Both of these programs have yielded tremendous amounts of information for critically endangered species of iguanas and captured photos of other endangered and rare species found in those countries.
Frequent Flyer Miles
The International Iguana Foundation is always in need of frequent flyer miles. A great way to make a contribution to the IIF is to transfer your frequent flyer miles which can then be used to fly researchers, veterinarians, and technical personnel to various countries. The IIF works in many countries around the world, however many of our primary researchers and vets are based out of the United States. Our organization assists in paying for airline flights for many researchers and your frequent flyer miles can help us reduce this overhead cost. Please use our contact page to inquire about transferring your frequent flyer miles to help the IIF.